History of FINT

Author: Guido Möllering (glad to receive suggestions for improvement)

Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema organizes the first EIASM Workshop on ‘Trust Within and Between Organizations’ at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, November 29-30, 2001. The keynote speaker was Tom R. Tyler. At the closing session, enthusiastic participants spontaneously decided to form the new group called 'First International Network on Trust'. As creator of the first Workshop, Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema is recognized as Founder of FINT.

After some FINT-member initiatives at AOM and EURAM during 2002 and 2003, the 2nd EIASM Workshop takes place in Amsterdam, October 23-24, 2003, organized and chaired once again by Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema. The two Distinguished Speakers, in the very special venue of Planetarium Gaasperplas, are Ranjay Gulati and Sim Sitkin. For the first time, special sessions (tracks) are defined in advance and to be chaired by a number of active FINT members. Articles in the Personnel Review 32(5) Special Issue on ‘Trust within Organizations’ are edited and written by several FINT members.

As agreed at the previous Workshop in Amsterdam, the first newsletter ‘FINTnews’ (ed. Guido Möllering) is distributed by email in June 2004. Antoinette Weibel, Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema and Pedro Neve run the subtheme on ‘Trust in Hybrids’ at the EGOS Colloquium in Ljubljana in July 2014. In September 2004, the Journal of Managerial Psychology 19(6) publishes a Special Issue on trust which several FINT members edited or contributed to.

Getting into the rhythm of a biannual event, 2005 sees the 3rd EIASM Workshop on ‘Trust Within and Between Organizations’ in Amsterdam, October 27-28. Previous keynote speaker Sim Sitkin joins Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema as chairperson of this event and the Distinguished Speakers are Kurt Dirks and Peter Smith Ring. FINT members organize nine special sessions (tracks). On the occasion of the Workshop, Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema (Chair) appoints eight FINT representatives and a webmaster in order to support her and give the network more structure and visibility.

At the 2005 Workshop Dinner, the volume ‘Trust under Pressure’ (Elgar) edited by Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema and Rosalinde Klein Woolthuis is proudly presented as it contains many chapters by FINT members that originated at previous Workshops or other FINT events. In the same year, Frédérique Six publishes her book ‘The Trouble with Trust’ (Elgar) and Special Issues of Strategic Change 14(2) and International Sociology 20(3) are edited and written mainly by FINT members. FINT-initiated subthemes at AOM and EGOS become a regular feature.

In January 2006, FINTers Mark Saunders, Denise Skinner, Nicole Gillespie and Graham Dietz start their ESRC-funded seminar series on ‘Building, Maintaining and Repairing Trust across Cultures: Theory and Practice’. In July, Nicole Gillespie, Don Ferrin and Guido Möllering run a subtheme on ‘Trust within and across boundaries’ at EGOS in Bergen. Three fourths of the Management Revue 17(1) Special Issue co-edited by Antoinette Weibel are authored by FINT members. Also in 2006, the ‘Handbook of Trust Research’ (Elgar) edited by Reinhard Bachmann and Aks Zaheer comes out and Guido Möllering publishes his book ‘Trust: Reason, Routine, Reflexivity’ (Elsevier).

The 4th EIASM Workshop, by now also known as the ‘FINT Conference’, is held in Amsterdam once more, October 25-26, 2007, co-chaired by Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema and Sim Sitkin with Karen Cook, Don Ferrin and Aks Zaheer as Distinguished Speakers and ten special sessions organized by FINTers. The very memorable workshop dinner takes place at ‘The Amstel’ Rowing Club.

After a dozen newsletters, Guido Möllering hands over to Roxanne Zolin as FINTnews Editor.

The ESRC-funded seminar series on ‘Trust across Cultures’ organized by Mark Saunders, Denise Skinner, Nicole Gillespie and Graham Dietz in the UK is completed with the sixth seminar held at Oxford Brookes University in June 2007. Once again, FINT members are very active at AOM and EGOS as well as in editing and writing the Special Issue on trust and control of Group and Organization Management 30(4). Sandro Castaldo publishes his book ‘Trust in Market Relationships’ (Elgar).

This is a slightly quieter year, but FINT members are still very active and visible, for example, at AOM and EGOS and with prominent articles such as Six & Sorge in Journal of Management Studies 45(5). Teemu Kautonen and Heikki Karjaluoto bring out the edited volume ‘Trust and New Technologies’ (Elgar) and Paul Vlaar publishes ‘Contracts and Trust in Alliances’ (Elgar).

The Journal of Trust Research (Routledge) is launched and many FINT members support it actively from the start in senior positions on its editorial board.

The Academy of Management Review’s 34(1) Special Topic Forum on ‘Repairing Relationships’, edited by Kurt Dirks, Roy Lewicki and Aks Zaheer, features high-impact articles on trust repair by Ed Tomlinson and Roger Mayer as well as Nicole Gillespie and Graham Dietz.

Another ESRC-funded seminar series in the UK, organized by Ros Searle, Paul Thompson, Denise Skinner and Graham Dietz on ‘Trust in HRM’, starts in November 2009 and runs until May 2011.

Early this year, the 5th EIASM Workshop on ‘Trust Within and Between Organizations’ takes place in Madrid, January 28-29, that is, for the first time not at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The chairpersons Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema and Sim Sitkin are supported magnificently by the local organizer José Maria Peiro (University of Valencia). The event features three keynote speakers Sim Sitkin, Sirkka Jarvenpaa and Ranjay Gulati. At the closing of the 5th Workshop, Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema hands over to Antoinette Weibel as the new President of FINT who is working with the new FINT Board members Sandro Castaldo, Don Ferrin, Guido Möllering, Richard Priem and Denise Skinner as well as the Communications Officer and FINTnews Editor Roxanne Zolin. In recognition of their services to FINT and their contributions to trust research, Katinka Bijlsma-Frankema and Sim Sitkin are made the first “Fellows of FINT”.

Also in 2010, the much anticipated book ‘Organisational Trust: A cultural perspective’ edited by Mark Saunders, Denise Skinner, Graham Dietz, Nicole Gillespie and Roy Lewicki is published by Cambridge University Press. Moreover, Dominka Latusek and Alexandra Gerbasi bring out the edited volume ‘Trust and Technology in a Ubiquitous Modern Environment’ (IGI Global).

During 2010, FINT adopts its current logo with the outward circles representing the network’s increasing impact and reach, and the red colour conveying warmth and activity. Last but not least, the current website – www.fintweb.org – is launched, designed and programmed by Jason Hendry.

Initiated mainly by long-standing FINT members, the EGOS Standing Working Group (SWG) on Organizational Trust, organized by Reinhard Bachmann, Nicole Gillespie, Ros Searle and Antoinette Weibel, holds its first subtheme at the EGOS Colloquium in Gothenburg, July 7-9, 2011. As usual, FINT members are also very active at AOM.

The inaugural issue of Journal of Trust Research 1(1) is published. FINT members receive a special discount when subscribing to this journal. Bob Hurley’s book ‘The Decision to Trust’ is released by Jossey-Bass. Ros Searle and Denise Skinner edit ‘Trust and Human Resource Management’ (Elgar).

After Madrid in 2010, the 6th EIASM Workshop takes place at Bocconi University in Milan, June 13-15, 2012, arranged perfectly by the local organizers Sandro Castaldo and Fabrizio Zerbini and with keynotes by Kimberly Elsbach and Russelll Hardin. The Workshop includes pre-conference sessions aimed at doctoral students and junior researchers. The outdoor dinner on a warm summer evening at Villa Necci is a special treat.

Conceived and nurtured at the FINT Workshops in 2005 and 2007, the ‘Handbook of Research Methods on Trust’ (Elgar) finally appears in 2012, edited by Fergus Lyon, Guido Möllering and Mark Saunders with numerous contributors from the FINT membership.

The EGOS SWG on Organizational Trust has its second successful subtheme on ‘Trust in Crisis: Diagnoses and Remedies’ at the 2012 EGOS Colloquium in Helsinki.

Originally envisaged to be a ‘small’ event bringing FINT to Asia in-between the ‘regular’ Workshops, Singapore Management University ends up hosting the full-fledged 7th FINT Workshop, November 21-23, 2013. Don Ferrin is the main local organizer supported by Antoinette Weibel, Ashley Fulmer, Serena Lu, Guido Möllering and Arzu Wasti. The Keynote Speakers are David De Cremer and Toshio Yamagishi. An unforgettable cultural and culinary highlight, the Festive Dinner is held at the Asian Civilizations Museum.

In 2013, editorship of the FINT newsletter is handed back from Roxanne Zolin to Guido Möllering. At the same time, FINT starts its LinkedIn Group aiming for faster and more interactive communications among FINT members and followers.

Several FINT members contribute chapters to the ‘Handbook of Advances in Trust Research’ (Elgar) edited by Reinhard Bachmann and Aks Zaheer. The EGOS SWG on Organizational Trust continues with its next subtheme on ‘Authority, Prices and Trust: Within and Across Boundaries’ in Montreal.

Now officially a joint EIASM and FINT event, the 8th Workshop on ‘Trust Within and Between Organizations’ takes place at Coventry University, UK, November 4-8, organized by Ros Searle, Denise Skinner, Nickie Boyle, Helen Rowe, Antoinette Weibel and Cecily Cooper. This Workshop makes the strongest effort so far to connect trust research and practice, which is evident from the fact that besides the academic keynote speaker, Roger Mayer, the two other keynotes are delivered from the practical experience of David Greenwood (military) and George Hamilton (police), not to mention the panel ‘How and why trust matters’ with practitioners representing fields ranging from sports to religion. The Conference Dinner at St. Mary’s Guildhall surprises participants not just with its medieval splendor but also with a call to join the after-dinner célidh dances.

Richard Priem steps down from the FINT Board and, during the Coventry Conference Dinner, Antoinette Weibel thanks him very much on behalf of the FINT community for his valuable services to the network.

The EGOS SWG on Organizational Trust convenes the subtheme on ‘Organizational Trust across Contexts’ in Rotterdam. Like in previous years, the event includes pre-conference workshops for doctoral students and junior researchers working on trust.

After successfully applying for an extension, the EGOS SWG on Organizational Trust convenes their fifth subtheme on ‘The Dynamics of Trust in Challenging Contexts’ at the EGOS Colloquium in Athens.

The email newsletter FINTnews and this website are revived in July 2015 to provide a stable communication platform again alongside the flexible FINT LinkedIn Group.

At EGOS in Naples, Italy, 6-9 July 2016, many FINT members organize and participate in the SWG Subtheme on "Trusting: The Practices and Process of Organizational Trust" and the pre-colloquium docotral workshop on trust.

The 9th FINT Workshop on "Trust Within and Between Organizations" kicks off in Dublin on 16 November 2016 at the Royal College of Surgeons (FINT 2016 Website). Following the Doctoral Student and Junior Faculty Colloquium initiated by the Journal of Trust Research, FINTers enjoy the keynotes by Paul Zak and Bill McEvily as well as lots of inspiring paper sessions and coffee break conversations. Over at the Royal College of Physicians, the classy Conference Dinner turns into a bodhrán-banging bedlam after FINT President Antoinette Weibel thanks the local organizers led by Finian Buckley and Lisa van der Werff, awards the honorary title of "Fellow of FINT" to the resigning board members Don Ferrin, Richard Priem and Denise Skinner, and announces St. Gallen University in Switzerland as the venue for the next FINT Workshop to be held on 7-8 January 2019.

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